The embargo has been lifted and the traditional selected few have submitted their reviews of the new iPad (third generation). The iPad 2 received excellent reviews and the third generation iPad brings with it faster wireless connectivity along with a retina display. Read what they are saying in our new iPad review roundup and I’d encourage you to click-through for more in-depth coverage of the 2012 iPad.
David Pogue, NY Times
If you’re in the market for a tablet, here’s the bright side: For the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that’s still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals.
And if you already have the iPad 2, here’s an even brighter side: At least this time around, you don’t have to feel quite as obsolete as usual.
Joshua Topolsky, The Verge
From the glass-covered display to the machined, aluminum backing, this is basically the same device you’ve seen since March of 2011. Minor gripes aside, the iPad remains best in breed when it comes to design and materials.
Yes, this display is outrageous. It’s stunning. It’s incredible. I’m not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at.
With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad’s market position as the dominant player and product to beat.
Ed Baig, USA Today
The display becomes your window into all those apps. And the brilliant screen on the new iPad is the thing that will have you salivating.
The iPad got through an entire day of being worked hard with no battery problem. Inside the device is a larger capacity (and physically larger) sealed battery than the one in the iPad 2.
The third-generation iPad may not be the game-changer that Apple’s original tablet was, but you know how this movie is going to end. Apple is going to rake it in on the heels of its latest matinee idol.
Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
So, what did I like about the iPad? Simple — the experience. Nobody in the market today can touch the Apple experience.
Jason Snell, Macworld
Pictures reveal small details that simply weren’t there before. A photo that looks just fine on an iPad 2 looks almost undefinably better on the new iPad. But the A5X processor that powers the third-generation iPad doesn’t really offer more processing power than its predecessor. In all our processor-based tests, the new iPad ran about as fast as the iPad 2.
Walt Mossberg, WSJ
The optional, extra-cost, 4G LTE cellular-data capability made it feel like I was always on a fast Wi-Fi connection.
But the rear camera, which was awful for photos on the iPad 2, and was estimated at less than a single megapixel of resolution, has greatly improved. It’s now a 5-megapixel shooter with improved optics. I loved the photos and videos it took, indoors and out..